Best Restaurant for Vegetarians and Omnivores to Eat Together

Lona’s Lil Eats

Staff Pick

Anyone who thinks it’s hard to eat vegetarian in St. Louis hasn’t tried. Every neighborhood in the city has delicious options, either in all-vegetarian spots or with thoughtfully prepared dishes at omnivore places. You know the kind I mean: the ones that the staff would actually choose to eat themselves, rather than throwing together some half-assed wet-pepper portabello mess that doesn’t appeal to anyone, much less vegetarians who could cook circles around that stuff. That’s what makes Lona’s Lil Eats such a pleasure — you can tell that the vegetarian and vegan options are on equal footing with any of the other items. Their giant rice paper wraps are a wonder to behold and a joy to bite into, full of flavor and texture: glass noodles combine with tofu, crisp lettuce and really any of the sauces to put a feast in your fists. Wise eaters know to order the spicy eggplant side dish as well, which arrives right on the paper lining and dark with a smoky flavor that will haunt your tastebuds until you come back for more. And when you’re done, you and your meat-eating friend can split a pineapple-coconut butter cookie. — Evan Sult

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